Draw what you see. A simple, but great advice. If you want to get better at drawing, you’ll need to draw from real life. Doesn’t matter what you draw as long as you can see it. If you don’t have the option of doing so, you can draw from a photo. The photo should be taken by yourself, and if not from a high-resolution photo.
Some people might think it’s boring or it feels like school or classes but this approach will yield the most progressive results. I tell my students to draw what you see and not what you know. You might think you know what something looks like, even something like as familiar as your own face. But lo and behold, if you try to do so, you will not be able to. All of the great masters have drawn from life.
This class was no exception, went to the Putra Jaya Balloon fest 2017 for a Plein Air (outdoor) class. It’s nice to get out of the studio once in a while. I remember going there and feeling this kind of energy I haven’t felt in a long time. The rush of drawing in the moment, trying to catch the best angle, the best composition. Then scurrying to the next best viewpoint we can find. All awhile people following us and looking at our drawings. We chose the Balloon fest because it felt magical to see these big balloons floating in the sky. We also felt that we should capture something that no one really sees, the inflation of the balloons. Some of our pictures are when they are deflated. After a short while, they are ready to take off.
Here are a few pictures of what we saw that morning. I liked the octopus balloon. Hope you enjoy!